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Stamford Man Charged With Assaulting Officer, Burning Leaves

Stamford Police arrested a man after a confrontation with an officer responding to a leaves burning call.
Stamford Police arrested a man after a confrontation with an officer responding to a leaves burning call. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A tense confrontation with a Stamford man suspected of burning leaves Saturday morning ended with the man subdued by officers after he struggled with and insulted police officers, police said.

Carl Joseph, 37, of 100 Warren St., was charged with assault on a police officer, carrying a dangerous weapon, reckless burning and trespass.

Police received  a call from a security guard that a man was burning leaves behind 158 Custer St. around 7:20 a.m. with a description of the suspect. A police officer arrived on the scene and found the suspect. The man had a white rod in his right hand and kept his left hand in his left front pocket.

The officer told him to stop and to take his hand out of the pocket. The man refused and cursed at the officer while waving the rod in the air, police said. The officer repeated the commands and each time the man refused to comply, said Sgt. Sean McGowan.

The officer saw the man take his hand out of his pocket and noticed a knife fall to the ground. The man touched the knife despite commands by the officer. The officer had placed his hand on his service weapon during the exchange and at one point pulled the gun out as the suspect refused to comply, continued yelling insults at the officer while assuming a fighting stance, police said.

The officer put his handgun back into its holster and took out his baton. Other officers had arrived by then but before they could intervene the suspect tried to punch the officer and grazed the officer's face.

As the man was being subdued by the officers he continued to struggle while still yelling at the officers.

Joseph's bond was set at $50,000 and he was held for a court appearance on Monday.

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